Mount David Summit 2009 continues Bates tradition

More than 280 students participated in the eighth Mount David Summit, Bates College’s annual celebration of student academic achievement. In concurrent sessions throughout the afternoon at Pettengill Hall, participants presented research posters, short talks, panel discussions, a photography exhibition and film screenings.

The Mount David Summit is an opportunity for Bates students to share recent research, service-learning and creative work. This year, more than 100 research posters represented work in Asian studies, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, education, environmental studies, history, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, politics, psychology and public health. The 2009 summit also featured filmmakers who screened work, made in theater department courses, in a course at the Maine Media Workshops, as senior theses and on location in Bolivia; a Bates Modern Dance company performance; and the annual Barlow Off-Campus Study Photography Exhibition.

Festive and informative, the event annually draws a large crowd of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. It provides first-years and sophomores a chance to test their presentation skills in a supportive environment, and gives more advanced students the chance to explain their individual research to a wide audience. Broadly multidisciplinary, the summit shows the depth and expanse of scholarship among Bates students.

Meet some of the students who participated in this year’s event.